Bakers appoint extra drivers for new Defy trucks
TWO words kept emerging during a handover ceremony of a fleet of over 30 new Atego 1518 closed body trucks to Bakers at Pietermaritzburg last week: reliability and trust.
The trucks will make secondary leg deliveries of Defy appliances accross South Africa.
Shabir Tayob, director of marketing and logistics at Bakers SA Limited, told
Wheels the company have been using Mercedes-Benz in their fleet for over 30 years.
He said the decision to trust in Mercedes-Benz was as much based on the company’s reputation for reliability as the after-sales support offered by Garden City Commercials.
Greg Vaughan, national marketing executive at Bakers, said Bakers’ contract to deliver Defy appliances has formed part of the company’s growth over the past 20 years to its current size of more than 1 000 employyes working at 13 depots and numerous client sites throughout South Africa.
Tayob said 22 new drivers had been recruited and trained for the contract. Vaughan said the trucks were higher to accommodate more volume, with each truck’s roof carrying a wind deflector to ensure a lower fuel bill. At the back of each truck a aluminium tail lift has been specially customised for Bakers to ensure careful on- and off-loading of white goods.
Bakers SA Limited’s founding brothers Shabir and Abdul Tayob, with Garden City Commercial’s dealer principal Mark Naidoo and sales manager Naudé Terblance at a handover of more than 30 new Atego 1518 trucks in Pietermaritzburg last week.